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    Ok. If they had a tour that let you walk behind the scenes to see how all of the attractions are made and operate, would you take that tour? Would it lose the "magic" if you did? Inquiring minds want to know.
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    Yes, I would do it.

    It would not force me to lose the 'magic'. If anything it would enhance it as I would see all the hard work that went into all my favorite attractions. I already know that Disneyland is mostly about facades and special effects, who doesn't?

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    • #3
      I would do it... for me the magic is in how it all works, the artistry, the amazing work by CMs, the imagineer's efforts.

      Magic isn't ruined by finding out how it's working, it's ruined by no longer believing in it. If you can see the backside of Disney AND still believe in the magic, you're lucky. Not everyone can though.

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      • #4
        What would you pay for a tour like that? Should it be offered?
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        • #5
          I would do it also, just curiosity, but I think it would be interesting to see the inside workings of some of the rides and attractions. I've been behind the scenes of Indy, sure didn't ruin the magic for me. Amazed me actually, how we much imagination and technical ingenuity goes into the Indy experience.

          If it was a long tour including at least 4-5 major rides and attractions, maybe a meal included backstage or Club 33, would probably pay around $100-$150 per person, no children allowed though. It really could ruin the magic for them.
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          • #6
            I am an ex cast member and I worked there for just over 10 years and have seen all the behind the sence stuff that there is and I love and believe in the magic even more now.
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            • #7
              I don't even want to name a price, but let's put it this way - no matter how much it cost, I'd think pretty seriously about it. That would be the experience of a lifetime for me.

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              • #8
                Ask any CM who has walked those halls, they will tell you the magic doesn't get tanted, it get changed, it evolves. You get an appreciation for the artistry and majesty. We all discuss the intimate details of the ride operations and engineering in these posts so I am guessing a lot us would indeed enjoy to see this.

                PS- You can do this for free if you work there---its a blast






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                • #9
                  I would Love to see it........I want to see it for free though.....

                  Maybe one day Oprah will do a behind the scenes show and take me with her LOL
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                  • #10
                    I'd love to as well. The cost would probably be astronomical though, the Premeir Tour is $75 an hour with a 4 hour minimum (but you Can bring 9 of your buddies).


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by wolfy999
                      If it was a long tour including at least 4-5 major rides and attractions, maybe a meal included backstage or Club 33, would probably pay around $100-$150 per person, no children allowed though. It really could ruin the magic for them.
                      heh.

                      a meal at club 33 AND a backstage tour for $150 a person?

                      that tour must have left you in fantasyland!

                      try adding another zero to the end of that pricetag, and that would put you in the ballpark for an experience like that.

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                      • #12
                        I've now seen 2 rides with their service lights on and would certainly pay for a tour that showed even more....I've been going for so long, that what it has done for me, like others have posted before, is give me an appreciation of the magic that has gone into making it work. I'm an engineer by trade & get a kick out of seeing how others have approached problems (illusions) and mastered them!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Druggas
                          Ok. If they had a tour that let you walk behind the scenes to see how all of the attractions are made and operate, would you take that tour? Would it lose the "magic" if you did? Inquiring minds want to know.
                          I'm there. Where can I sign up?
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                          • #14
                            have you ever walked through the kitchen of a restaurant?
                            have you ever walked in the back of a grocery store?

                            would the food lose its magic?

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                            • #15
                              I've seen how all that stuff works and it does lose the magic. It would be fine if the backstage areas and technology were better than expected, but IMHO it all underwhelms. Your mac has more firepower than anything they run at WDW. Most of it looks like 1970s and 80s stuff. The buildings are falling apart, the trash stinks, rusted rebar and rat droppings. It's fun I guess to see the sets in a different context, but from then on the illusion of being far from reality is gone. You are doomed to a new ride experience of spotting exit signs, misplaced spotlights, and exposed conduit. What a thankless life that is.

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                              • #16
                                You know, I think I definitely would. The thing with me is that knowing how it works enhances the magic for me. To know that this is how it works, how the magic is made. Half the fun is getting there!
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                                  • #18
                                    I did Disney Magic Music Days twice when I was in High School and I was also a CM and seeing backstage did not setract from the magic at all- it was really exciting to see how everything works. It's definitely not as glamourous as on stage, but its definitely not dissapointing. My favorite part was seeing old stuff or stuff that a guest might never see- like the E-Ticket CM Cafeteria behind Toontown is full of old ride cars and signage- a tribute to the park and what it used to be. Also, there are displays in the hallways that lead to the Custodial that show ride sketches and animation cells from the early days. One thing you realize is that, even if corporate has lost its sense of identity and magic, the CMs that work in the oark every day have not. Disneyland at its core (which is the CM's) know where they have been and know that preserving the magic for their guests is the most important thing- our backstage world will be less than exciting so the the onstage world can be that much more amazing.

                                    And if I haven't lost the magic after smelling the trash compactors behind Adventureland (Indy especially, pwew!) that is saying something!
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                                    • #19
                                      Also, I do not think this should be offered as a tour- if anything for the CM's sake- backstage is where we go to get AWAY form guests! Plus, where would Snow White smoke? And I am sure more than one guest would be perturbed to find out that Mickey is played by a girl! They don't even let employees take pictures of anything backstage, so I seriously doubt they will be inviting guests back there anytime soon. When you ride the monorail, you get a good view of cast costuming, harbour point, and the scheduling buildings (plus some executive parking) and that is enough for most guests.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by crinklebat
                                        I don't even want to name a price, but let's put it this way - no matter how much it cost, I'd think pretty seriously about it. That would be the experience of a lifetime for me.

                                        I'm with you on that! I took Walk in Walt's footsteps tour, and that just whet my appetite! Feed me Seymore. (sp)
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